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MPG 21 City / 31 Highway
  • Good fuel economy
  • Quiet cabin
  • Silky smooth powertrain options
  • Spacious back seat
  • Stiff ride
  • Somewhat poor visibility
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The Chevrolet Equinox was propelled three years ago from an also-ran in the compact crossover class to a competitive offering boasting a vast cargo area and strong fuel economy figures. The Equinox is larger than many rivals, straddling the line between a small SUV and a midsize two-row one, and boasts the rare offering of both four and six-cylinder power. It is a quiet, competent cruiser that offers the latest in-car technology like Chevrolet's MyLink infotainment, OnStar telematics and optional DVD Rear Entertainment system, just to name a few options. For crossover shoppers of all shapes and sizes, the Equinox could be a perfect fit.


The base Equinox LS comes with a 2.4-liter 182-horsepower four-cylinder mated to a six-speed automatic and good for up to 32 MPG highway. Front, side and curtain airbags are included, as are antilock brakes and electronic stability control. The least expensive Equinox also gets a full set of power features, tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, Bluetooth and a six- speaker audio system with AUX input. All-wheel drive is optional on all Equinox trims. Moving up to LT gets access to the V6 and standard features like a USB input, backup camera, automatic climate control and optional navigation. Full-tilt LTZ cars get leather seats, power liftgate, rear parking sensors and more chrome.

The new Ford Escape features efficient turbocharged engines, high-tech options and a sportier drive. But the Equinox has more room inside and its controls are generally easier to use. The Honda CR-V offers more cargo space and is more fuel efficient with all-wheel drive, but lacks a V6 option. The Subaru Forester has standard all-wheel drive, but has a cheaper interior and only offers a four-speed automatic. Toyota's RAV4 also offers a powerful V6 and boasts and optional third-row seat, but shows its age compared to newer rivals.

For those who don't need a third-row seat in their compact crossover, or believe a turbo engine and sport suspension will just make their passengers sick, the Equinox is a well- rounded, competent vehicle for transporting the family, cargo or a combination of both. Its strong fuel economy figures make it a good choice for long highway trips, too. And buyers considering a midsize crossover will be surprised with the space the Equinox offers, but at a lower price.

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2013 Chevrolet Equinox 1LT

Recommended for: Crossover buyers looking for more comfort and technology features

The LT trim is divided into two sub-trims. The 1LT adds to LS privacy glass, roof rails, heated outside mirrors, backup camera and touchscreen radio with a USB input. A Driver Convenience Package features an 8-way power driver's seat and remote vehicle starter. Chevy's MyLink system that integrates smartphone functions is optional, as is a power sunroof, V6 engine and an 8-speaker Pioneer sound system. The 2LT includes the Pioneer radio, power driver's seat, remote starter and adds foglights, auto- dimming rearview mirror, heated front seats and automatic climate control. A power liftgate, touchscreen navigation system, MyLink, V6 and leather seats are optional.

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2013 Chevrolet Equinox LS

Recommended for: Shoppers who want essential features at a low price

The LS is high on content that most crossover shoppers demand. It starts with the 2.4-liter four-cylinder and six-speed automatic. LS includes power windows, locks and mirrors, 17-inch alloy wheels, a sliding and reclining rear seat, six-speaker audio system with AUX input and satellite radio, Bluetooth and OnStar. All-wheel drive is optional.

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2013 Chevrolet Equinox LTZ

Recommended for: Buyers who want the most luxurious Equinox available

The LTZ loads the Equinox up with luxury features such as standard leather seats, power liftgate, rear parking sensors, automatic headlamps and memory settings for the driver. Optional features include 18 and 19-inch wheels, a lane-departure warning and collision alert system, power sunroof, MyLink, navigation and the V6 engine.

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